Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Review


Date Published: October 20th 2015

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Length: 599 (hardcover)

Source: Bought (paperback)

Links: Goodreads | BookDepository


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

My Review:

I read this a little while ago and still haven’t written a review of it….till now… but I’m pretty sure I remember it enough to write this..


This book was amazing and I read it in like two days if I can remember correctly. Unlike other books, it is not written like a normal novel, but it comprises of interviews, chats, emails and surveillance narration (and more). At first, I thought that it would make it difficult to read – I thought there would be at least some parts written like a novel, but no dice.

It wasn’t long however until I got sucked into the story and the format of the book only made it that much more intense and interesting. *disclaimer* you might have to physically turn the book around to read all the text. But ya know what they say, a booklovers got to do what a booklovers got to do. Plus, kudos to whoever illustrated, or formatted it or whatever, because it’s super creative and unique – literally unlike any other book out there.

I loved the two main characters. Kady Grant is super badass in her own way, despite the fact her physical fighting skills are near to non-existent. I loved her sarcasm and attitude – she had the ‘pink hair don’t care’ sort of attitude, and the best part is – she actually has pink hair. When she set her mind to something, she was unstoppable. Ezra Mason on the other hand, I guess is your run of the mill sort of main male character in a story, but I still couldn’t help loving him and reading about him (even though I did like Kady’s parts better).

There is also A.I.D.A.N. I’m going to call him (it’s not really a he, but it’s letters spell a boys name, so I’m going with it) is an interesting character. I don’t want to talk too much about him as I don’t want to spoil anyone, but I really liked his part in the story. If you hate him, just hang in there and see if you still think that way by the end. I still hated him, but a tad bit less than when I started…. 😀

Once you start nearing the end of this book, you’ll see there is much more to the plot then you initially realise, and it only gets better in the next book.

Overall, it’s truly a masterpiece (have you seen the hardcove, it’s so beautiful, too bad I got the paperback, I’ll have to get it next time) and if you are debating reading it, then I urge you to go ahead and read it. It’s also good if you don’t normally read sci-fi because while it is sci-fi, everything is understandable and it has a lot of action to distract you from the sci-fi-ness.

I rate it 5/5 stars.

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2 thoughts on “Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Review

    • Zoe says:

      Thanks 🙂 I wish more books were written like that, but then Illuminae wouldn’t be original wouldn’t it? Gemina is awesome! I was so lucky to win it ahaha. You’re going to love the new characters.

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